Michael Gidney CEO

Today, on Tuesday 7 June, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Chief Executive addresses the World Trade Symposium 2016.

Today, on Tuesday 7 June, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Chief Executive will call on the World Trade Symposium 2016 to ensure the ambition of the United Nations Global Goals is realised across every level of supply chains. 

Ahead of a panel debate, Michael Gidney, Chief Executive, Fairtrade Foundation, said:

“Too many of the men and women who grow our food around the world still experience poverty despite selling into profitable value chains. The way we trade and do business needs to change much faster if we are to end poverty by 2030, as the Global Goals demand. Politicians and CEOs all over the world recognise sustainable economic growth depends on tackling poverty; it is now time for trade to deliver prosperity for all, not just those who are already prosperous.”

Michael Gidney will join a panel to debate ‘Trade and globalisation: What’s working and what needs to change as trade, finance, technology and people converge?’

 Fellow panellists will include: Ken Ash, Director of Trade & Agriculture, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Robert Koopman, Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organisation (WTO); Douglas Lippoldt, Senior Trade Economist, Global Research, HSBC Holdings and Kati Suominen, Entrepreneur and writer.


About the Fairtrade Foundation

The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.65 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.

Over 5,000 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK including coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney, rice, quinoa, herbs & spices, seeds, nuts, wines, ales, rum, confectionery, muesli, cereal bars, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cotton wool, olive oil, gold, silver and platinum.

Awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark continues to be high in 2014, at a level of 78%. Estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in 2015 exceeded £1.6 billion.

For more information contact:

Susannah Henty

Media and PR Manager

020 7440 8597